The Louisville Institute offers grants to support both research and inquiry by scholar/pastors and scholar/educators that strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions while simultaneously advancing American religious and theological scholarship. These grant programs aim to serve three strategic constituencies whose competence and well being are essential to the future of the church: pastors, younger scholars, and researchers and scholars for the broader church.
The Louisville Institute currently offers four grant programs. Consider carefully the descriptions of these programs in deciding which program might be best for you, since you may apply to only one program during a given grant year. (Please note that grant funding does not support tuition or degree program expenses.) Click on the appropriate link below for additional application information about each grant program or click here to review grant application procedures. Assemble all required documents and email addresses prior to beginning the online application process – which will prompt you to upload and submit your materials in one session.
Pastoral Study Project
The Pastoral Study Project Program offers pastoral leaders opportunity to pursue a pressing question related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for study projects involving full or partial leave from job responsibilities.
Deadline: September 1
Project Grant for Researchers
The Project Grant for Researchers Program supports a diverse range of research and research-related projects undertaken in the interest of believing communities. Projects might include short-term periods of research, consultations about one’s research involving pastors and academics, or collaborative, innovative projects that promise to enhance learning and strengthen the church. Particularly attractive to the Louisville Institute are projects that involve both academics and pastors in genuinely collaborative inquiry. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church. Grant amounts up to $25,000 are available.
Deadline: October 1
Sabbatical Grant for Researchers
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers Program assists research and writing projects that will advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions. Ordinarily applicants will be fully employed in accredited academic institutions and will be eligible for up to a full academic year leave from teaching. While pastoral leaders are eligible to apply, their proposals will likely be more competitive in the Pastoral Study Project program. Grant amounts up to $40,000 are available.
Deadline: November 1
First Book Grant for Minority Scholars
The First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars assists junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research project on an issue in North American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute. Grant periods are typically one academic year in length. The maximum award is $40,000.
Deadline: January 15
Collaborative Inquiry Teams
The Collaborative Inquiry Team Program supports teams of four to six pastors and professors who propose projects to strengthen the life of North American Christian congregations. Each team will spend three years exploring together a question of vital importance to the church. For this round of funding, we are particularly interested in projects that investigate some aspect of the economy, health care, or peacemaking. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church by addressing a living question the church faces in each of these areas. The maximum award per team over the three-year period will be $45,000.
Deadline: On April 1, 2015 staff will begin reviewing proposals